Best Smart Locks

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 13, 2017
The number of smart devices around us is growing from year to year. Your smartphone might become a new key to your house. Make the first step and buy a smart lock. You will forget about keys and feel much safer and protected. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
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OUR VERDICT
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Extras
Type/Mounting
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PROS
A pleasant exterior, a total user control, and convenient automatic functions make it the leader in its market segment.
CONS
The door won't open automatically at your approach if you use an Android-based device.
OUR VERDICT
This smart lock features the widest range of functions. It can be easily installed by anyone having no special skills. The installation process takes 10 minutes at best and no tools are required.
detailed parameters
Access Method
iOS App, Android key, Revolving mechanism
Extras
Nest and HomeKit, Activity log, Access control, Messaging
Type/Mounting
Deadbolt lock
Power Source
4 x AA batteries, 8,765 hours
Warranty
1 year
PROS
The lifetime warranty provided by the manufacturer makes you even more confident in the lock's reliability.
CONS
Dimensions of the lock make it somewhat bulky. It is compatible exclusively with Apple devices.
OUR VERDICT
If you feel an urge to have a smart lock but you have no desire to abandon the usual keylock, this option is right for you. It also has the Grade 1 security level certified by ANSI/BHMA.
detailed parameters
Access Method
Code Key iOS App
Extras
Built-in alarm sensors, Backlit keypad, Waterproof, HomeKit
Type/Mounting
Deadbolt lock
Power Source
4 x AA batteries, 8,760 hours
Warranty
Limited lifetime mechanical warranty, 3-year electronics warranty
PROS
This smart lock has an unremarkable appearance, thus attracts no unwanted attention. But it features an amazing set of functions for user's convenience.
CONS
Unlocking is not immediate and requires several seconds.
OUR VERDICT
Kwikset lock comes with a Fob key that can open the door instead of a smartphone. It may be preferred by individuals fond of simple and conventional accessories.
detailed parameters
Access Method
iOS and Android apps, Android Wear Key, Electronic key (eKey)
Extras
History, Access control, Notifications, Nest
Type/Mounting
Deadbolt lock
Power Source
4 x AA batteries, 8,766 hours
Warranty
Lifetime mechanical warranty, 1-year electronics warranty
PROS
Entrants are identified by fingerprints. This way the maximum level of protection against burglary is guaranteed.
CONS
It is for using on interior doors only.
OUR VERDICT
It may be a wonderful solution for access control in the offices since you only need to press your finger to the scanner to be let in. You spare any expenses for keys or access cards.
detailed parameters
Access Method
Key, Code, Fingerprint
Extras
Handle
Type/Mounting
Deadbolt lock
Power Source
4 x AA batteries, External adapter for 6-9V
Warranty
1 year
PROS
The user-friendly application allows you to control several similar padlocks and track their usage.
CONS
Anybody wishing to get access to this lock must have an active Noke account.
OUR VERDICT
The best choice for bikers wishing to leave their steel horse for a while or for those who need extra security for their lockers, trailers or containers.
detailed parameters
Access Method
Windows, iOS and Android apps, Quick-Click
Extras
History, Access control, Notifications
Type/Mounting
Padlock
Power Source
CR2032 battery, Up to 1 year of regular use
Warranty
30 days

What is a Smart Lock

Today everybody has at least one key in a pocket. It fits the lock of the entrance door to a house or an apartment, a garage or a vault. Maybe it opens a padlock attached to the chain tying your bike to a tree. Some individuals carry huge bunches of keys, which cause a real discomfort. There is a solution to this problem proposed by manufacturers of smart locks that should brush such kind of troubles aside.

Smart locks relieve you of the need to have a bunch of keys to the doors. These locks can be installed instead of regular deadbolt locks and differ from them providing you with a possibility to lock and unlock them with a smartphone or another gadget. Some smart locks are compatible with Smart Home systems. All in all, the smart locks feature the same functions as the common locks but they are more convenient to use and ensure a higher level of security.

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Best Smart Locks

What Features to Compare

Your choice of a smart lock will depend, first of all, on the Access method. The lock should be easy to use. In general, you access the lock right from your smartphone which may even unlock the door automatically when you approach it. You need only to install an appropriate application on your phone. If you prefer to control the unlocking by yourself, you will have to press a button in the app every time. In this case, you should deactivate the automatic unlocking option. Some locks allow locking and unlocking with a regular key. The locks might have a digital keypad for entry of an access code. This feature will be useful if you do not have a smartphone.

Smart locks may additionally feature Extra functions and conveniences, for example, the access control. The application in your smartphone can notify you if somebody has entered the house or left it, what was the time, and duration of the visit, etc. You will have a detailed log of all events. If your lock is compatible with the Smart Home systems like Nest or Apple HomeKit, you will be able to get the status reports or enjoy other convenient features. Waterproof locks can be installed in the entrance doors of any building. Other smart locks are intended for interior doors only. Some locks allow opening by keyfobs that might be convenient for kids or other family members who do not use any modern gadgets.

You should also pay attention to the Installation procedure and the Exterior of every smart lock. As the conventional locks, these smart devices may be padlocks or deadbolt locks. Deadbolt locks are installed instead of regular old locks. You can just replace the interior of the lock in your door. It can be done easily - just with the help of a screwdriver. If the dimensions of a lock are correct, the exterior of the old lock remains intact.

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August ASL-1

Your Phone is Your Key

We believe that the August Smart Lock Keyless system has one distinctive advantage in comparison with its competitors - it allows easy installation (within minutes). Frankly speaking, it takes 15 minutes of your time at best. You do not need any sophisticated tools, it is sufficient to take a screwdriver. More than that, it is not necessary to dismantle the whole old deadbolt lock. Just replace the cylinder and do not touch the exterior and the bolt. In our opinion, the installation is relatively easy, though if you find it difficult or something is not clear, you may refer to the video instruction available on the manufacturer’s website. While the majority of locks have a square shape, the August smart lock features a unique and handsome appearance. The first impression might be that the lock is too large but it isn't. Many square locks have much bigger dimensions than the August Smart Lock. Besides, we liked a possibility to open the door by turning the round handle of the smart lock. It is very convenient. Our conclusion is that this easy-to-install and beautiful lock will be appreciated by everybody. We could not imagine any negative feature of this device.

Review of August ASL-1 Keyless Home

Really Smart Lock

Additionally, we would like to draw your attention to the potential integration of the smart lock with the Nest and HomeKit smart home applications. There are several key functions available. Owners of Apple gadgets are not required to reach for their devices. The August Smart Lock will automatically unlock the door when you approach it! It is very convenient if your hands aren't free or your smartphone is deep in your pocket and you can't take it out. You can also grant access for different users to individual doors depending on time, date or day of the week if these doors are equipped with such smart locks. The application for their control is available both for Android and iOS phones.

August ASL-1 Keyless Home in the use

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August Smart Lock Unboxing & Review
August ASL-1
August ASL-1
 

Schlage BE479 V CEN 619

Different From Others

This smart lock features a sensor keypad for code entry and we have enjoyed its bright illumination in the darkness. Moreover, it is waterproof and you can tap an access code even if you are wearing gloves. The touchscreen technology allows providing access to individuals who do not have iPhone, iPod touch or iPad since the Schlage Lock Company Smart Deadbolt is compatible exclusively with Apple devices. But if you give someone the access code, that person can unlock the door. We have found out that the smart lock can hold in its memory up to 30 different access codes from 4 to 8 digits long. If each person has its own access code, you will be able to monitor people entering and leaving the premises. This smart lock is compatible with the HomeKit and can be controlled using the Siri voice assistant developed by Apple. You will agree that it might be very convenient to unlock the door with a voice command.

Review of Schlage BE479 V CEN 619 Sense Smart Deadbolt

Smart and Safe

There are two alternative color designs of the Schlage lock to suit interiors of all homes. The Century model has a square keypad and its appearance seems to be rather strict and plain compared to the Camelot model that looks more traditional. We have noticed that the manufacturer concentrated on the security of its clients and certified the lock with ANSI/BHMA 1 security rate. We also liked the built-in alarm system sensing potential door attacks. The alarm siren is activated if somebody is trying to break the lock.

Schlage BE479 V CEN 619 Sense Smart Deadbolt in the use

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Schlage Sense Smart Lock Review (short) with HomeKit Bluetooth
Schlage BE479 V CEN 619
Schlage BE479 V CEN 619
 

Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15

Touch it Once

The Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock resembles a good old deadbolt lock, so it attracts no unwanted attention which seems a positive factor to us. Although, the old-fashioned appearance is misguiding. This smart lock not only supports communication with Android and iOS mobile gadgets but is compatible with the Smart Home systems, too. We have attempted to clarify how it works. For example, if you have an Apple device, you can unlock the door with the Kevo lock with a mere voice command via the Siri app. You can enjoy using this lock even more if you have an Apple TV at home. In pair with it, the Kevo lock allows controlling your entrance door from any place in the world. It is extremely convenient. We liked the option of a remote door unlocking with a touch of a hand. You should only have your smartphone with you. In case you are not a lucky owner of a smartphone, it is not a problem at all. The manufacturer provides you with special electronic keyfobs that are easy to use and require no additional setup.

Review of Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15 Touch-to-Open Smart Lock

Knows Where You Are

Now, we would like to speak about features that differ the Kevo lock from other smart locks. Kevo has a pre-installed intelligent positioning technology detecting if the authorized user is inside or outside of the house. This way, no unauthorized access is possible. Maybe, it is the most convenient function because it prevents undesired door unlocking by strangers if your mobile phone or e-key is inside. To activate this feature, you should perform the auto-calibration that constantly adjusts your Kevo lock for the maximum security. Actually, it is a unique function available only to users of the Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock.

Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15 Touch-to-Open Smart Lock in the use

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Kwikset Kevo Smart Lock - Unboxing, Install & Review!
Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15
Kwikset 925 KEVO DB 15
 

Cyber-Bay TRINITY-788

No Key - Nothing to Lose!

Trinity 788 combines durability, simplicity, and reliability of the deadbolt lock with versatile functions and fingerprint access control with an additional keypad coding. We believe it might be the best choice for interior office doors. It should be mentioned that with this smart lock you can save money which otherwise you may have spent onaccess cards or keys. Using the Cyber-Bay 788 Trinity lock, you'll never run a risk of losing your key or get stuck in front of the door remembering a PIN-code that slipped out of your mind. Your fingerprint only is enough! The Trinity 788 lock features the time-proved bio-data technology of fingerprinting that is currently considered most advanced and convenient way of access control to offices.

Review of Cyber-Bay TRINITY-788 Keyless Biometric Fingerprint Door Lock

Security Above All

The fingerprint scan might be not just an utterly convenient technology but also the safest one. This way of locking and unlocking doors prevents potential theft of keys or an attempt to use fake ones. No burglar will be able to get into the office (or house) without authorization. The lock is extremely secure and can keep up to 99 various fingerprints in memory. There is a zero chance of an unauthorized access by someone if his or her fingerprint is not familiar to the lock. And it is almost totally impossible to fake a fingerprint. We think it is one of the reasons why locks with fingerprint scanners have gained the trust of customers and become so popular among large corporate clients. The recent biological research has proven that the fingerprint technology is the most accurate and cost-saving option compared to the key or card access control. Besides, one to million chance of a fault of the fingerprint recognition almost fully eliminates potential detection errors and false alarms.

Cyber-Bay TRINITY-788 Keyless Biometric Fingerprint Door Lock in the use

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Fingerprint door lock LA9-3 Adel trinity 788
Cyber-Bay TRINITY-788
Cyber-Bay TRINITY-788
 

Noke FNAPS

Comfort and Safety at a Time

The Noke Keyless lock is actually a padlock that can be used in cases when a deadbolt lock is not an option. Customers prefer using it to lock their bikes near a store or school. The device has a compact size and can be carried in a pocket or hung on the bike’s frame. You might also use it to lock the door of a garage or vault. The padlock is waterproof and will not rust in the rain like some other regular locks. If you need to carry some stuff to the basement for storage, you can use both hands since this smart padlock needs no key to open it. No mess with keys and pendants! Speaking of the security features, we have found out that the lock is manufactured of the hardened steel and boron that make it incredibly strong and resistant to harshest environments. Apart from exceptional durability, the padlock features wireless data exchange between a smart gadget and the lock itself. Moreover, the data transfer is thoroughly encrypted!

Review of Noke FNAPS 1st Gen Smart Padlock

More Than Just a Padlock

We should also mention that the Noke Keyless lock is compatible with the devices operated by Windows, iOS, and Android. We have also discovered another function available exclusively on this device. The manufacturer provided it with the Quick-Click technology. If you forget to charge your smartphone or just leave it somewhere and your bike is locked to a stand, use the Quick-Click. You simply tap on the shackle with short and long pre-set strokes and it is unlocked. The application controlling the padlock will warn you, if it is unlocked, when it was unlocked and who did it if more than one user has access to this lock. Some users still prefer to use a real key for a padlock. They will enjoy the Noke Key Fob included in the package; it's, actually, an electronic key to the lock. It is very small and it won't add weight if you carry it in a pocket.

Noke FNAPS 1st Gen Smart Padlock in the use

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Noke FNAPS
Noke FNAPS
 

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